Walnut Hill School for the Arts

From the Head of School

On behalf of everyone at Walnut Hill I would like to formally welcome you. Walnut Hill has a rich history dating back to 1893 including over four decades dedicated to fulfilling our mission to be one of the premier arts high schools in the United States. I am often asked why I chose to become a part of this amazing community, and I have to answer that when I first arrived in 2009 I was immediately drawn to the passion and dedication each individual demonstrates across every corner of our school. As I enter into my seventh year as Head of School, I am still amazed by the passion our students and faculty bring to each day on the Hill.
This is a community of creative energy, focused minds, and caring individuals.
Our staff and faculty are among the best in their fields and bring a drive towards excellence to their work every day.

Our mission to educate talented, accomplished, and intellectually engaged young artists from all over the world is as critical today as it has ever been. In my years at Walnut Hill, I have come to fully appreciate and understand how vital our work is to the larger global conversation. It has become very clear to me how well Walnut Hill prepares students to face the challenges of the 21st century. The many and varied successes of our alumni are a powerful indicator of how a Walnut Hill education continues to serve our students well, enabling them to grow into the creative, artistic, and professional leaders of the future.

It is a time of exciting change on the Walnut Hill campus, as we reinvigorate our artistic and academic programs; witness the evolution of our new Writing, Film & Media Arts major; and open our first ever dedicated arts building, The Delbridge Family Center for the Arts. Amidst these shifts we have remained steadfast to our mission of training and educating the world’s most talented young artists, knowing that within them lies our greatest hope for a world that is more tolerant, more mindful, and more beautiful.

I look forward to sharing all that Walnut Hill School for the Arts has to offer with you and hope that you’ll be inspired to learn more about how you can become a part of our School community.

Antonio Viva
Head of School

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What's in My Bag 2018

As a Head of School, photographer, and writer, I have come to appreciate that less is more. Having the right tools to be able to do one’s work as well as manage the challenges of travel, both domestic and international, requires a focus on quality tools and a minimal approach. This everyday carry achieves that and more, and it goes with me regardless of whether I am walking across campus for a day in the office or headed on a flight to the west coast to visit with alumni. 

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January 2018 Update
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Happy New Year! 2018 howled in with the gift of two extra days of winter break, due to the major New England storm we experienced throughout the area. I am convinced that every member of our community enjoyed the slow entry back into our winter session and, as such, the pace has picked up once again. We are only a few days away from the Winter Visual Art Show and January projects in our music and WFMA programs.

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This past June I was fortunate to visit Charlottesville, Virginia, a place of natural beauty, deep historical significance, and most recently the epicenter of violence. If you have never driven through Virginia, you are missing a big part of what makes this place so powerful and meaningful to visit. As a part of my short trip, a good friend and board member invited us to visit historic Montpelier, the home of James and Dolley Madison. 


I am always struck by the creativity displayed by members of our visual art department. The focus and philosophy on process and technique give way to a student-centered experience. Yesterday afternoon, awash with warm October sunlight, one of our drawing classes gathered al fresco on our common.

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Last weekend I had the unique opportunity to spend the day at the brand new Leica Store and Gallery on Arlington Street in downtown Boston. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit the new store it is a must stop for any photog or Leica fan. In my various travels, I have visited several Leica stores including San FranciscoLos AngelesMiamiShenzhenShanghai, Frankfurt and Washington D.C. Each store shares the modern, classic design of Leica where cameras, lenses and accessories are expertly displayed against red backdrop cases. 

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